Sophia Harris reports the latest on a firestorm created by Loblaws asking consumers for a copy of their driver’s license or hydro bill to get a $25 gift card. The gift card was part of settling an unrelated and earlier problem. Out of the frying pan and into the fire time?
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner said it couldn’t address specifics about Loblaws’ ID request at this time, but did provide a link to a page on its website concerning retailers collecting driver’s licence information.
“The driver’s licence number is sensitive and valuable to those intent on committing identity crimes,” it states.
It also says that retailers “photocopying or scanning the licence generally goes too far,” because a licence contains “more information than is needed for most business purposes.”
But that doesn’t mean that Loblaws has thrown up its hands and seen any error in its ways. Not at all. Read more on CBC.